It is often not clear whether individuals claiming to be a “patent adviser” or “patent expert” are competent or not. They are not certified by the authorities and have not passed any examinations showing that they have sufficient knowledge of patent law to be able to advise you properly.

The Netherlands has an Institute of Patent Attorneys:
Postbus 3219
2280 GE Rijswijk
Tel. 070 - 3905578
Fax. 070 - 3905171
mail@octrooigemachtigde.nl
www.octrooigemachtigde.nl
www.octrooi.nl

All Dutch patent attorneys are a member of this Institute which maintains a register of patent attorneys. If a person is not in this register, you can assume that the person is not a Dutch patent attorney. If on the other hand a person is registered, you can then assume that this person is expert and professional.